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what to do first cardio or weights?

im female i have a bout 30lbs to just doing cardio.. i do the ellipitical about a hour a day..i want to get back to jogging...but i hate the ellipitcal is ok for me right now..what i dont understand how can i sweat more and burn less calories while jogging nd sweat way less but burn more calories on..the ellipitcal??? please but the main question i have is...should i bring in the weights? or lose the fat first? i heard if you do weights you would just build muscle over the fat and not lose what is best? im thinking cardio..then weights..but if im wrong let me know..cuz i really want to work on my flabby arms at least lol.

Tue. Apr 1, 2:58pm

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Great job - elliptical it up !!

1. you burn more on the eliptical because it takes a little more effort to move not just your body, but also the machine that is resisting you.
2. Yes, bring in the weights a little. You burn more calories WHILE doing cardio, but weight training CONTINUES to burn calories throughout the day as your body repairs the muscle micro-fibers you have roughted up. So maximuze your calories expenditure thru weights - this will help you lose weight by: burning calories, changing your body composition to more muscle percentage which naturally burns more calores, and helping you to appear more toned and healthy which will motivate you.
Don't buy that "you will build muscle over the fat and not lose weight" crap - that is the worst kind of bologna ! ! - no way

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:13 PM

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This is my first time being a "search the thread" nazi- and I feel bad doing it - but seriously all these topics have been threaded to death on this board in just the short 3 months I have been on PT. Use the search feature.
Also, eliptical is not burning more calories than running - it just telling you it is as part of their marketing. When it comes to working out your heart-rate is a much better indicator than a computer in a machine.
I still do eliptical to suppliment my running when I am having a "down" day or my knees are particularly achey - but dont be fooled by ANY machine's calories burned meter.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:27 PM

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I had a trainer once tell me that lifting first was the way to go because it helps you get your heart rate up and then when the cardio starts you hityour target heart rate sooner.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:31 PM

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Hey, a newbie beat me to the "search the forum first" comment!
It doesn't really matter - there are studies to back every theory. Just as long as you're doing both, you're golden.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:35 PM

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i just wrote this in another thread, but i'll repeat it.

I am female--lost 30 pounds, another 40 to go before i'm happy. I lift weights all the time--benching 125 pounds, do squats, etc. I have a great muscle mass UNDER the fat, you just can't see it. The gal that owns the gym where I work out said I should do 60% cardio and 40% lifting. The cardio will help burn the fat faster and lifting will keep me happy and strong. I always mix it up, start with cardio, finish with weights, vise versa, or lift/cardio/lift routine. whatever is fine, as long as i'm incorporating both.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:43 PM

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I was told by a trainer to do weights and then cardio...but its totally about what your body feels comfortable with!! Go girlfriend!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:49 PM

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3:27....Encourage...don't discourage

: ) Nothing is wrong with people asking questions..that's why there are threads sweetheart.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:51 PM

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She did NOT discourage - she pointed out some easy pitfalls and guidelines.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 3:55 PM

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3:27 - you are right - search the thread...

You say, "eliptical is not burning more calories than running" - I still disagree-
(I know endless debate) I MAX out the resistance and go fast. It says I burn 1500 calories in 40 minutes - now I know it is less than that (even if it was 1/2 it would still be more than running) - but I am working very hard and sweating profusely - I feel like I am lifting weights fast the whole time - thus my theory that you are burning more because you are fighting the machine - just like running through water or sand would exert more effort - IF you were going very hard. If I was capable of bench pressing non-stop for 40 minutes I sure would burn a ton of calories! & because I am pretty muscular it plays to my strengths giving me the ability to do more cardio effort than when I run since my anerobic endurance is higher than my aeorobic endurance


Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 4:01 PM

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1500?! That's insane! These are the results from a calorie-calculator website for a 250-pound person:

Precor EFX 546 Elliptical
928 calories in 40 min (170 Strides per Minute at a Resistance of 20)

Skiing - cross-country, uphill
1,247 calories in 40 min

Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 4:17 PM

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